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Notes from Storytime

All Through the Town

Grocery StoreYou can practice print awareness anywhere, even if you don’t have a book. Name the letters and the sounds on stop signs or billboards you see while driving, food labels at the grocery store, and other print you run across throughout the day. Even though children may not be able to recognize the letters or words yet, they are still learning to recognize the shape or symbol. This will help them to understand that print has meaning and that it is all around us.

–Tip by Claire Bartlett, Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on April 6, 2015 Categories: Print Awareness

Bubbles, Bubbles

Bubbles, BubblesDid you know that when children play with bubbles, they are learning visual tracking skills that help them follow print on a page? What a fun way to learn!

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By eemerick on December 29, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Recognizing Numbers

Clock

Print awareness is recognizing that print has meaning. This can mean that children are able to identify words or numbers, even if they can’t read them or don’t know what they mean. You can use environmental print, or words that are part of our everyday life, to promote print awareness. Clocks are a great example of environmental print!

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

 

By eemerick on October 6, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Print Awareness

Tops and BottomsYoung children can begin to learn that a book must be held a certain way in order to understand the print (and to follow the pictures). In the book Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens, the text of the story requires the reader to hold the book completely sideways!

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Library Assistant

By eemerick on July 28, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

The Cow Loves Cookies

The Cow Loves CookiesHelp your child develop print awareness by pointing to the repeating phrase, “the cow loves cookies,” every time you see it in the story by Karma Wilson. This helps your child see the relationship between written and spoken words.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on June 2, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Repeat After Me

Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?When reading picture books to children, it is important to show them that you are reading the words in the book and not pictures. One way to do this is by running your finger under the title and/or the repeated phrases in a book. For example, in the book Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains? by May Garelick, the title phrase is repeated every few pages. Point to this phrase and have your child say it with you. This will help your child become more aware of the print in the book.

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

 

By eemerick on April 28, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne BloomIn A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom, writing is part of the story. Pointing out print and the uses of writing will help your child become aware that print is all around us. That knowledge is part of the early literacy skill called print awareness.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By MPPL on February 3, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne BloomIn A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom, writing is part of the story. Pointing out print and the uses of writing will help your child become aware that print is all around us. That knowledge is part of the early literacy skill called print awareness.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on Categories: Print Awareness

Spot Goes to a Party

Spot Goes to a PartyIn the book Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill, you can tell when the character is talking because it is written in a speech bubble. Point to the words they are saying as you read them. This helps your child understand that you are reading the text and helps develop print awareness.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

 

By MPPL on October 28, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Spot Goes to a Party

Spot Goes to a PartyIn the book Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill, you can tell when the character is talking because it is written in a speech bubble. Point to the words they are saying as you read them. This helps your child understand that you are reading the text and helps develop print awareness.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

 

By eemerick on Categories: Print Awareness